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West Tennessee Mobile Farmers Market is helping the elderly community

JACKSON, TN (WNBJ) - A mobile farmers market is on the move in Jackson. The West Tennessee Mobile Farmers Market lending a helping hand to the elderly in the community.

The West Tennesse Mobile Farmers Market provides fresh produce at a lower cost to the elderly community in Jackson. The farmers market went mobile last year in order to better serve seniors who may be lower-income or may not live close to a grocery store.

This is the first mobile farmers market event for this year.

The manager of the West Tennessee Farmers Market is glad to be able to start having events again to help those in need.

“We’ve been having a great time response everybody is coming out. The senior citizens seem like they are enjoying themselves. You know not being able to go to the farmer's market, so we are bringing the market to them. Everybody always asking for greens, this morning they have been asking for fried pies. So, it’s just the highlight, you know,” said Bruce Bond, the Manager at the West Tennessee Farmers Market.

The farmers market partnering with the Area Agency on Aging and Disability to also get people signed up for other benefits and programs to help them get the nutrition they need.

“Taking the fruits and vegetables to the community and that’s what our initiative and our congress are doing, trying to get the fresh fruits and vegetables to the people who need them. And, what I was able to do was say hey, while you are trying to bring the fruits and vegetables, I can also help them by saving them money in their budget and getting them signed up for snap at the same time so it’s a great partnership,” said Rosaland Rogers, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Coordinator at Area Agency on Aging and Disability.

The mobile farmers market happens on Tuesdays twice a month from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at various locations within the community. Please, visit the City of Jackson website for more information on specific locations.

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